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Ghalioungui, Paul, The Physicians of Pharaonic Egypt, Cairo, A. (The chapter on specialists includes about 9 pages of useful information on pregnancy and childbirth.) Green, Monica H., The Trotula: A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2001, ISBN: 0812235894.
(A group of influential texts on women’s medicine which originated in 11th or 12th century Salerno, Italy, at times attributed to a medieval woman named Trotula or Trota.
(Contains some useful information on clothing during pregnancy, labor and post-partum, and for infants. Has a section “On the Diseases of Women” which deals with menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and barrenness.
Although this is about America, some of the information is applicable to Europe as well.) Buchan, William, Domestic Medicine New York : Garland, 1985 (reprint, originally published: 2nd ed. A mix of common sense (such as advising women to put their babies to breast early) and typical eighteenth century medical practices, such as bloodletting.
Includes interesting details on both social and medical aspects, including diet, medicines and practices used. (Comments: Early study of upright postures used during labor and other pregnancy and childbirth practices among the “uncivilized”.
An interesting and sometimes frightening primary source.) Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher, A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812, Knopf, New York, 1990, ISBN: 0394568443.Perfect for the Regency author.) Mc Millen, Sally Gregory, Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infant Rearing, Louisiana State University Press, 1990, ISBN: 0807115177.(What with the emphasis on large families, the heat, the malaria, corsets, medical practices that heavily featured the use of mercury and opium, it seems like a miracle that any of these women and their babies survived.A fascinating primary source.) Soranus of Ephesus, Gynecology, Translated with an introd.by Owsei Temkin, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press, 1956.
Includes a glossary of Italian Renaissance terms associated with childbirth and useful information on the practices and customs.